Moisturizing, astringent, and stimulating to circulation, this all-natural undereye serum can be helpful for dark circles and puffy skin.
The recipe was discovered within the pages of the Botanical Skin Care Recipe Book.
Created as a companion to the Herbal Academy’s lovely Botanical Skin Care Course, the recipe book is also sold separately on their site. It’s beautifully illustrated and filled to the brim with 194 (!!) tried and tested herbal recipes.
I love that the recipes are very user friendly for beginners, but at the same time, inspiring for more experienced home herbalists as well!
The folks over at the Herbal Academy were super nice when I asked, and let me share a recipe from their book with you today. It was hard to choose just one, but I finally settled on this sweet little eye serum.
Coffee Rose Undereye Serum
- 2 tbsp coffee (Coffea spp.) bean, coarsely ground
- 1 tbsp dried rose (Rosa spp.) petals
- 4 tbsp (2 fl oz) sweet almond or jojoba oil (I used organic apricot kernel oil)
- 2 tbsp (1 fl oz) rosehip seed oil
Directions to Make
- Place the coffee grounds and dried rose petals in an 8-ounce heatproof glass canning/jelly jar. (Like THESE.)
- Pour the sweet almond (or jojoba or apricot kernel) oil into the jar and stir well.
- Place the jar into a small saucepan filled with a few inches of water, forming a makeshift double boiler.
- Heat the pan over a low burner for one to two hours. The oil will look very sludgy at first.
- I strained the richly scented oil through a fine mesh strainer to remove most of the coffee grounds and the spent rose petals.
- Even then, my oil still had some scratchy coffee bits in it, so I let the oil settle for several hours, before pouring through cheesecloth into a fresh jar, leaving the layer of sediment behind in the original jar.
- Once the coffee oil is room temperature, stir in the rosehip seed oil and mix well.
- Transfer to a dropper bottle or roller ball applicator.
- Label and store in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.
- To use, gently dab a few drops of serum under eye areas each morning and night before bed.
Isn’t that a lovely recipe! I’ve been using it all this week and really like it so far.
If you love collecting beautiful and useful books for your home library, you’ll love the Botanical Skin Care Recipe Book!